Gig: The Backbones, Liverpool Marina – 12 Mar 2009

Posted on: Saturday, Mar 7, 2009


Big Pete & the Backbones
at Liverpool Marina

Thursday 12th March 2009 (doors: 8pm, show starts at 8.45pm)

Explosive, committed, sweet and soulful. That’s how you could describe the new formation of The Backbones. Previously working as a modular blues collective, they now have taken some of their most committed personnel and added members of the famous Dutch blues band Drippin’ Honey for this creation. Some of you may know the Backbones as backing band for many USA and UK artists, including Alex Schultz, Mitch Kashmar, Hook Herrera, Monster Mike Welch, Matt Schofield , Ian Siegal and many others.

Fronted by singer/harmonica player ‘Big Pete’ van der Pluijm, The Backbones are brilliant exponents of the blues and the pride of Holland. Pete’s rise to prominence started when, at the age of 23, he was hand-picked to fill the giant shoes of the late Lester Butler, the legendary leader of The Red Devils, for a European memorial tour with Lester’s original band members. Their appearances proved so popular and successful that several more tours with The Lester Butler Tribute Band (also featuring UK guitar phenomenon Matt Schofield) established Pete as one of the premier new generation blues performers in the Benelux region.

Picking up where Lester’s influence left off, Pete formed The Strikes, a young band with a hard edged 21st-century blues sound. Their 2004 album “Bathroom Acoustics” received widespread critical acclaim. The Backbones have honed that style to perfection, providing a superb foundation for Pete’s tremendous ability on harp. This is one of the finest blues bands in Europe; and this is a ‘must-see’ gig for all genuine blues enthusiasts.

Right now the band is working on a new album, due for release this year. The record will be released on a blueslabel from the USA.

  • Vocals/harmonica : Pieter ‘big Pete’ v/d Pluijm
  • Guitar : Sander Kooiman
  • Drums : Joost Tazelaar
  • Bass : Jules ‘lord Julius’ van Brake

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